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Project

Wriggling Snake Wreath

Dreadfully sophisticated and shockingly fun, a wreath wriggling with snakes hung on the front door gets Halloween off to a screaming start.

Created By: Ditte Isager

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Paint grapevine wreath using water-based spray paint; let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Paint vinyl snakes in assorted shapes and sizes using acrylic paint; let dry. 

  3. Step 3

    Attach snakes to wreath: For flat snakes, twist floral wire around in two places, thread wire into wreath, and secure at back. Coiled snakes can simply be wrapped around wreath. 

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2010

Reviews (13)

  • Izi Ningishzidda 17 Oct, 2013

    I had to run around town all afternoon to find the snakes, but finally found some at Toys R Us. Surprisingly, both Party City and the Dollar Store didn't have any. I only found one medium sized one at Spirit (the latex ones rot after a while, so I wanted vinyl). The wreath was $1 at the local thrift store. I havn't started attaching the snaked yet but the matte spray paint Ace Hardware makes applied and dried beautifully! Thank you Martha! I love snakes so much!

  • frenchdressing 14 Oct, 2013

    I loved the look of this project as soon as I saw it. Bought the wreath @Michael's and the snakes at the Dollar Store. The final result looks great, but beware of spray painting the rubber snakes--despite using paint that claimed to work w/rubber, my snakes just would not dry. To rectify this I wrapped strips of black felt (ribbon would work too), around the snakes on the back where the wreath would be touching my WHITE front door. Final touch was a sparkly green skull hung in the middle - Fab!

  • Gigi321 27 Sep, 2013

    I used Krylon ColorMaster Indoor/Outdoor spray paint in semi-gloss black. It worked perfectly, dried quickly, and left the snakes shiny--no paint cracking at all. I used the same paint on the wreaths (I made two because we have double doors). I used 2 cans of paint (12 oz. each) to get good coverage but that was for 2 wreaths with a LOT of snakes. Hope this helps.

  • tammigreeneyes 27 Sep, 2013

    Started making this ...and decided to spray paint everything the wreath and the snakes.. BAD IDEA...the spray paint I used didn't work well with the rubber snakes and its been days and they haven't dried :( ... any suggestions as what to use.. preferably spray paint rather than having to paint each on by hand.

  • PublicEmily 21 Sep, 2012

    I made this a couple of years ago and get great compliments on it every year. I suggest placing all of the snakes how you want them and then start to tie them in order to space them properly.

  • Dimpl1129 18 Sep, 2012

    Recieved my snakes from orientaltrading.com last night (the same ones this page links you to) and they are WAY TOO SMALL for this project. I am going to have to order some larger ones or browse the dollar stores for some big ones. The bag of snakes were 4" and less. There's no way my wreath would come out looking like Martha's.

  • K McDaniel 17 Sep, 2012

    Great idea but the values are too close, try adding grays and browns to the twigs and make the snakes glossier.

  • gogetem 16 Oct, 2011

    I LOVE this! and I'm getting ready to apply my snakes to the wreath. But, don't make my mistake. Rustoleum Painter's Touch spray paint has had a reaction with the rubber(plastic?) on my snakes. It's been four days and they aren't dry. They're really sticky and the paint is still coming off on my hands. Really weird!

  • kimkim 11 Oct, 2011

    You can find the Print button either under the title of the craft or in the blue gutter to the left of the page depending on your screen size.

  • sll 10 Oct, 2011

    I looked under my photo and there is only an enlargement symbol not a print one. It is the same for the recipes. What is going on?

  • Antiki 9 Oct, 2011

    This is an awesome idea. Can't wait to show my daughter, she will love it!

  • leslienafzger 8 Oct, 2011

    It is on the first page under the picture of the wreath

  • balletbertha 8 Oct, 2011

    Where is the "print this craft" cue? Don't see it on recipes anymore either